31 May 2008

".... Climbin' Up the Topsails, I Lost My Leg ...."

The Dropkick Murphys performing I'm Shipping Up to Boston (lyrics by Woody Guthrie; performance included in The Departed soundtrack)

Celtic punk age-of-sail seaman's folk ballad -- well, punk ballad (?) -- that brings to life the violence of a winter storm at sea. This song, as used in the video above, and, as slammed brilliantly into The Departed soundtrack, is a searingly truthful illustration that urban life in America today can be as violent as any storm you'll encounter. Rock with a vengeance.

Epigram: For hints as to why Woody Guthrie wrote an age-of-sail poem, a great place to start is the section in Joe Klein's Woody Guthrie: A Life on Guthrie's "military service" on troop ship convoys crossing the Atlantic to the European theater of World War II -- a hero with a guitar instead of a gun। Honestly though, the fact that Woody wrote these lyrics is a mystery I'm still trying to unravel.

Billie Dawn contributed to the preparation of this post.


Anonymous said...

Do you have copy writer for so good articles? If so please give me contacts, because this really rocks! :)

Paco Malo said...

Thanks for the compliment. I wrote this post and you can contact me most directly at paco_k_999@yahoo.com.

Also, in the left column of this blog is a link to another music blog entitled "Echoes in the Wind" -- whiteray there puts me to shame as a writer.

Anonymous said...

You made some good points there. I did a search on the subject and hardly found any specific details on other websites, but then great to be here, really, thanks.

- Lucas

Paco Malo said...

Thanks for your comment Lucas.